Liver Transplant Selection Criteria at University Hospitals

Each person’s journey to transplant is unique. Generally, a liver transplant is indicated for patients who are suffering from end-stage liver disease. These patients can experience symptoms such as:

  • Jaundice
  • Ascites
  • Encephalopathy (confusion)
  • Muscle wasting
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Coagulopathy (poor blood clotting)

Each patient completes an evaluation to determine if he or she is a suitable candidate for a liver transplant. University Hospitals Transplant Institute reviews the following information for every potential liver transplant candidate:

  • Current health condition
  • Past medical and surgical history
  • Psychosocial history and evaluation
  • Lab results
  • Medical testing results
  • Radiology results
  • Financial status

Not all patients are candidates for liver transplant. The following conditions may complicate a liver transplant or make it less likely to succeed:

Liver Tumor Board

The management of both rare and common malignancies (liver tumors) is complex and can be highly individualized, depending on a patient’s co-morbidities. The Liver Tumor Board at University Hospitals applies clinical expertise, recent research findings, and national best practice standards to individual patient treatment decisions using a multidisciplinary approach to help facilitate the best treatment plan for every patient.

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